Mark Twain Lake recreation area reopening after 2008 flooding

Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 1:34 p.m. CDT; updated 2:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 7, 2012

FLORIDA, Mo. — A popular northeast Missouri recreation area ravaged by flooding in 2008 is opening again.

The Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig reports that Bluffview Recreation Area at Mark Twain Lake will reopen for daylight use Friday.

Massive releases from Clarence Cannon Dam aimed at lowering high-water levels in Mark Twain Lake caused significant damage to the recreation area popular for its fishing. The water broke through a re-regulation dam and eroded the stream banks at Bluffview.

Repair work continues, but the Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the area, says the dam and downstream channel have been repaired through a $5.9 million project funded with federal stimulus money.

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